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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Top 10 Hedge Funds By Net Gains Since Inception

Bloomberg is out with an interesting piece examining the top 10 hedge funds by net gains since inception. The list contains the who's who among the hedge fund elite and is pretty much who you'd expect to be on it.

The data was compiled by LCH Investments NV (part of the Edmond de Rothschild Group) and is based on audited reports from each investment firm, discussions with the funds, as well as confidential sources.

Top 10 Hedge Funds By Net Gains Since Inception

1. Ray Dalio's Bridgewater PureAlpha: $35.8 billion net gain since 1975
2. George Soros' Quantum Endowment: $31.2 bn net gain since 1973
3. John Paulson's Paulson & Co: $22.6 bn net gain since 1994
4. Seth Klarman's Baupost Group: $16 bn net gain since 1983
5. Brevan Howard: $15.7 bn net gain since 2003
6. David Tepper's Appaloosa Management: $13.7 bn net gain since 1993
7. Bruce Kovner's Caxton Associates: $13.1 bn net gain since 1983
8. Louis Bacon's Moore Capital: $12.7 bn net gain since 1990
9. Thomas Steyer's Farallon Capital: $12.2 bn net gain since 1987
10. Steve Cohen's SAC Capital: $12.2 bn net gain since 1992

One interesting tidbit here is that Louis Bacon's Moore Capital makes the top ten, but his mentor Paul Tudor Jones (Tudor Investment Corp) does not. Tudor was largely responsible for seeding Bacon's fund by sending him investors that Tudor had to turn away back when he was first getting started.

Compare the above to the top 10 biggest hedge funds in 2010 and it's no surprise that there's considerable overlap as some of the most successful hedge funds have become some of the largest. Also, the two funds that have been around the longest on the list (Bridgewater and Soros) are the two that occupy the top positions.

Five of the managers above are featured in our Hedge Fund Wisdom newsletter and you can see their latest investments in our brand new issue.

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